The seasons of Christmas and Easter are intimately related. Below you will find a video of my song of praise for all seasons, “Sing Hallelujah, Give Him Your Heart.” It tells the story of the birth and life of Jesus in a way that is understandable to children as well as adults. Along with the musical composition, a mini-drama keeps the children engaged with their eyes as well as their ears.
A Musical Score Written in God’s Time
Spring 2019 was a wonderfully fulfilling time for me. I had been working several months on giving music and drama to a formerly tucked-away lyric. I enlisted the music director at my church as my proof-reader and advisor as I made many revisions to my first lyric page and score. He proved to be quite a task master! But that is what I needed!
Whether you read music or not, you probably know that a song is written with a certain time signature giving it its rhythm or pattern of beats. As you know, the year 2020 found its distinctiveness in the rapid spread of COVID-19 not only in the U.S.A. but all around the globe. And now at Christmastime 2021 just as we thought we might be returning to a kind of normalcy in gathering with family and friends, COVID’s Omicron variant is causing us to reflect again. I now realize how fortunate I was to have followed my instincts to finish this song and to have it performed by my church choir during 2019. As God already knew what 2020 and 2021 would bring, I believe my song was a musical score written not only in 4/4 and 6/8 but also written in God’s time.
Enjoy again or for the first time my composition “Sing Hallelujah, Give Him Your Heart.” – (184) Sing Hallelujah, Give Him Your Heart by Connie Carlisle Polley | FCBC Choir – YouTube.
Performed by the Fern Creek Baptist Sanctuary Choir (Louisville, Kentucky) under the direction of Dr. Rocky Hardymon, with vocal soloist Greg Bruce, pianist Karen Love, and flutist Eve Carlisle Polley. Brenda Pennington with children of the church were the pièce de résistance with their silent mini-drama.
Sing Hallelujah, Give Him Your Heart
Tiptoe to His cradle,
See the Holy Baby sleep,
While angels raise a great amen
And shepherds watch their sheep.
“Please read that story one more time,”
I hear the children say,
So we open up God’s Word to find
The joy of Christmas day.
Hallelujah! Jesus is born.
“Did they bring Him presents?”
Says a tiny voice to me,
This child so full of wondr’ing eyes
Who tugs upon my sleeve.
“Yes, wise men brought Him precious gifts,”
I say with a smile.
“But there’s something special you can give:
It’s the heart of a child.”
Hallelujah! Give Him your heart.
“Where’s the Baby Jesus?”
The children want to know
As I turn through God’s Story Book
To Calv’ry long ago:
A cross, a hill, a child grown up
Who soon would have to die.
But He fled the tomb and He still lives!
So, children, don’t you cry!
Hallelujah! He is alive!
Jesus is alive! Alive!
Sing Hallelujah, Give Him Your Heart © 2019 Connie Carlisle Polley